Jehovah’s Witness in Iceland Accused of Sex Offences

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    F betterdaze posted Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:04:00 GMT(11/9/2010)

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    09.11.2010 | 15:30
    Jehovah’s Witness in Iceland Accused of Sex Offences

    Women who have been members of Jehovah’s Witness in Iceland claim that sexual and domestic violence is practiced within the congregation and that such offenses are hushed up.

    Svanberg Jakobsson, spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witness in Iceland, confirmed to ruv.is that suspicion of such offenses have surfaced within the congregation but denied that they are hushed up.

    Jakobsson stated that cases of alleged offenses are investigated within the congregation and if there is reason to do so, they are reported to the police. One case of sexual abuse has been reported to the police by the congregation, he said.

    On Sunday a young woman declared on the news on RÚV that she had fled the congregation after realizing that sex offenses were being covered up.

    RÚV is aware of some of Jehovah’s Witness’s former and current members having sought professional help after suffering sexual abuse within the congregation.

    truthseekeriam posted Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:59:00 GMT(11/9/2010)

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    I'm glad they are speaking out!

    skeeter1 posted Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:11:00 GMT(11/9/2010)

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    And they wonder why people don't open the door...

    M doinmypart posted Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:11:00 GMT(11/9/2010)

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    Jakobsson stated that cases of alleged offenses are investigated within the congregation and if there is reason to do so, they are reported to the police . One case of sexual abuse has been reported to the police by the congregation, he said.

    Out of multiple alleged offenses only one was reported. WTS just doesn't seem to get it. All of them should be reported and the police should investigate. Elders aren't qualified to do this sort of thing.

    F betterdaze posted Tue, 09 Nov 2010 18:42:00 GMT(11/9/2010)

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    From Google translate:

    First published: 09/11/2010 13:57 GMT
    Last Updated: 11/09/2010 15:51 GMT

    Witnesses to meet Child Protection

    Sex offenses shall be reported to child welfare.

    Bragi Guðbrandsson, CEO of Child Welfare, will meet with talsmönnum Jehovah's Witnesses today because of alleged sexual crimes that have taken place within the church in recent years. Bragi wants to know how they are such issues within the community.

    Jehovah's Witnesses spokesman, Svanberg Jakobsson, confirmed yesterday that from time to time have raised suspicions of sexual offenses within the church in recent years. Such issues would be investigated and if they should substantiated this were accused to the police. Bragi Guðbrandsson, Director Child Protection, says the songs quite clear; wake of the suspected case should be reported to child welfare.

    It is not anticipated that individual institutions, whether it's religious or other organizations, investigate on their own issues of this kind, "said Bragi.

    It has Bragi decided to call the Jehovah's Witnesses to a meeting.

    "I think I need better information from religious affiliation in order to evaluate this and hence I request a meeting with representatives of the Jehovah's Witnesses who will be after noon today."

    frettir@ruv.is

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